腓立比書精義(9) :『基督是我們的喜樂與平安

經文:腓4:2-9

背誦經文:6 應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求,和感謝,將你們所要的告訴 神。 7  神所賜、出人意外的平安必在基督耶穌裏保守你們的心懷意念。。 (4:6-7)

v  【註】:本書中,尤其本章中,所有的「靠主」,英文都用「in the Lord, 不只說到「在主裡」該有的生活,更是說到只有「在主裡」才可能有的生活

A)            要在主裡同心負主軛

2 我勸友阿爹循都基,要在主裏同心 3 我也求你這真實同負一軛的 (true yokefellow/companion)幫助這兩個女人,因為她們在福音上曾與我一同勞苦…(v2-3)

我心裏柔和謙卑,你們當負我的軛,學我的樣式;這樣,你們心裏就必得享安息。因為我的軛是容易的,我的擔子是輕省的(11:29-30)

B)             要在主裡喜樂、謙讓

你們要靠主常常喜樂,我再說你們要喜樂。當叫眾人知道你們謙讓的心,主已經近了… (v4-5)

C)             要在主裡一無掛慮

6 應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求,和感謝,將你們所要的告訴 神。

(Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God…)

 7 神所賜、出人意外的平安必在基督耶穌裏保守你們的心懷意念(v6-7)  (the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in /(through) Christ Jesus.)

D)   要在主裡追求,過蒙 神悅納的生活

1)      思念有價值的事 (Meditate on worthy thoughts)

凡是真實的,可敬的,公義的,清潔的,可貴的,有美名的。若有什麼德行,若有什麼稱讚 (if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-NIV)這些事你們都要思念 (think/mediate/dwell on…) (v8)

2)      做有價值的事 (Do worthy deeds)

            ―“你們在我身上所學習的,所領受的,所聽見的,所看見的,這些事你們都要去行。賜平安的 神就必與你們同在”(v9)

 

 

The Essence of the Book of Philippians (9): Christ is Our Joy and Peace

 

Scriptures: Phil 4:2-9

Memorization Scripture: “6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. “ (Phil 4:6-7)

Note:  Within this book, or just this chapter alone, we often see the words “in the Lord”.  It speaks of not only the daily living we ought to have “in the Lord”, but more importantly that only when we are “in the Lord” can we live like that.

A.     In one accord taking on the Lord’s yoke in the Lord

-“2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I urge you also, true companion [true yokefellow], help these women who labored with me in the gospel …” (v2-3)

-“29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt 11:29-30)

B.     Rejoice and be gentle in the Lord

-“4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. (v4-5)

C.     Be anxious for nothing in the Lord

-“6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (v6-7)

D.    Pursue a lifestyle pleasing to God in the Lord

a.     Meditate on worthy thoughts

- “… whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (v8)

b.     Do worthy deeds

-“9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” (v9)